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We refer to everything we go through in our lives as “an experience”. But some experiences, better than others, leave us in awe. Motherhood is one of those. It is a complicated mixture of feelings and actions that cannot be put into a few words. Motherhood is quite overwhelming and it doesn’t have to be negative at all.
We all have these preconceived notions about motherhood, based on others’ experiences, but we never know what motherhood is until we experience it ourselves. Motherhood has taught me a few lessons in life.
Everything will fall into place at the right time, just follow your instinct
We often have an idea about how we want things to work. We want to make a plan and follow it. We want to avoid other people’s mistakes. But with a newborn, things can get really messy and out of order. Yet, things will fall into place at the right time. So, my advice is to stop rushing things, worry less, and most importantly follow your instinct with your child.
The real meaning of unconditional love
No one but moms will relate to this feeling. We can love our parents, spouses, and siblings so much that we believe we love them unconditionally; and that’s true. Unconditional love means your feeling is not linked to conditions. But when you have a baby, you experience being loved truly unconditionally. You are the world to your baby. He doesn’t know anyone but you. You make them whole.
Always choose quality over quantity
Love is not expressed by toys, no matter how fancy they are. This is not to say that toys aren’t important; it’s a great way to express love. But to spend an hour playing or running around with your child, cuddling them, and being present physically, mentally, and emotionally is priceless, because it will nurture them emotionally.
Live and appreciate every single moment, because children grow up really fast
I once read a quote by Gretchen Rubin, “ The days are long but the years are short.” The super long nights of feeding and unbearable tantrums are way too much for us to handle, but they really grow up so fast that at some point you’ll want to freeze time.
It’s never too early to teach them kindness
I’m sure it’s not your first time hearing that your child is your mirror. When you show your children kindness every day by gently treating them, cuddling, and practicing kindness to others, they will learn what kindness means.
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